Level of accuracy: city of Las Vegas, NV, USA
was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts and am now in my mid-50's.
In 1988 I moved to Las
Vegas, Nevada where
I have a
practice in Anesthesiology.
I first became interested in astronomy in
the Summer of 1979 after peering through a 20 inch telescope during a tour
of San Diego State University's Mt. Laguna Observatory.
In early 1989, inspired by the beautiful
images taken by amateur astronomers that had been appearing in
Astronomy and Sky & Telescope, I became interested in
astrophotography. I've been hooked ever since. My very first
astrophotos were taken with a Meade 10 in. f/6.3 SCT (LX6). My next
telescope was a 5 inch f/8 Takahashi refractor. During the productive
photographic (film) phase of my astronomical imaging odyssey (1989-2001),
I used a Celestron 14" SCT, an Astrophysics 6" f/6 EDF refractor and an
Optical Guidance Systems 14.5" f/6.5 Ritchey-Chretien.
I began to
experiment with Digital Imaging in the Autumn of 2000. I currently do CCD
imaging exclusively. For this I am using my second Optical Guidance
Systems 14.5" Ritchey-Chretien telescope. Prior to the Autumn of 2002 I
did all of my film and some initial CCD imaging at remote sites using
portable equipment. I currently use
Observatory, a permanent site which I share with Dr. Dean Easton, also
of Las Vegas.
Ash Meadows Observatory, Nevada
f/7.9 Ritchey-Chretien telescope
Byers Series II German equatorial mount